"Ghost Fleet" delves into Thailand's fishing industry, which supplies a large portion of the world’s seafood. The country’s giant fishing fleet is chronically short of up to 60,000 fishermen per year, leaving captains scrambling to find crew.
Human traffickers have seized upon the labor shortage, selling captives from Myanmar, Thailand, Indonesia, Cambodia, Laos and across Southeast Asia for a few hundred dollars each.
Once at sea, the men often go months, or even years, without setting foot on land. Beaten, starved and held in cages, men are forced to work for little or no pay.
Thousands of slaves currently work in the Thailand’s seafood industry.
This film has hardly anything to do with ecology. Since slavery is the extreme opposite of fairtrade and this is the production of cheap fish from Asia, we still want to mention the film on our page.
|Director(s):||Shannon Service, Jeffrey Waldron|
|Production:||Jon Bowermaster, Shannon Service, Paul G. Allen, Rocky Collins, Jannat Gargi, Greg Kwedar, Aimee Link, Carole Tomko|
|Music:||Mark Degli Antoni|
|Actors:||Patima Tungpuchayakul, Sompong Srakaew, Win, Paisarn, Sornluck, Amnaj, Tun Lin, Praseth, Oi, Bustar, Kala, Maung, Kai-U, Kasim, Tum, Yod, Nong, Pong, Ploy, Prayut Chan-O-Cha|
|Our age recommendation:||18|
|Language (audio):||English, Thai, Indonesian|
|Country of origin:||United States|
|Shooting Locations:||Indonesia, Thailand|
|Screening rights:||Vulcan Productions ()|
This impressive documentary, about the modern-day slave labor fueling the Thai fishing industry, sparks more questions than it answers. – Variety.com by Alissa Simon
The filmmakers document Patima's mission in a highly stylized manner, with lots of close-ups, slow motion, drone imagery and TV-style reenactments that are all rather beautifully shot by Waldron, who served as cinematographer. This approach sometimes feels like overkill for a story that speaks for itself and doesn't require so much embellishment, including the rather treacly score by Mark Degli Antoni. Also, a few more basic facts would have helped enforce the film's argument, such as which Thai companies are practicing slavery and which U.S. companies are buying their fish. – Hollywood Reporter by Jordan Mintzer
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